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August 2008

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Iowa gears up for Homecoming 2008 activities

The University of Iowa Alumni Association invites alumni back to Iowa City for Homecoming 2008, Sept. 26-27, to reconnect with classmates and friends. While the Iowa vs. Northwestern game has been sold out, there will be lots of other activities for alumni to enjoy while visiting their alma mater. More >>

Related: Hancher presents free Homecoming Pentacrest performance by ScrapArtsMusic

General News

UI Hawkeye Poll: one-fourth of Iowans financially affected by summer’s disasters

Nearly one-quarter of Iowans were financially affected by the summer's natural disasters, according to University of Iowa Hawkeye Poll results released Sept. 8. Five percent of respondents said their pocketbooks were very much affected by the floods and tornados, and 18 percent said they were somewhat affected. "We found that virtually half -- 45 percent -- of Iowans live in or near communities affected by tornados or floods," said Hawkeye Poll Co-director Caroline Tolbert, a political scientist in the UI College of Liberal Sciences. "This puts into perspective just how many Iowans were hit by these disasters." More >>


* UI Flood of 2008 Slideshow:
* UI engineers begin yearlong study of flood pollutants in Cedar Rapids Aug. 26:
* Arts programs find new homes for fall semester through creativity, lots of hard work:
* Howard Hughes Medical Institute contributes $1 million to help UI flood recovery:

'Oxford Project' debuts with September events in Oxford, Iowa City, Des Moines

When Peter Feldstein tacked a sign outside his studio offering to take free portraits, his only intention was to document his neighbors in the tiny town of Oxford, Iowa. When he decided to photograph the town again two decades later to see how folks had changed, he and writer Stephen Bloom became confessors. More >>

School of Journalism & Mass Communication:

UI researchers celebrate start-up of world's largest particle accelerator

If you are reading this story, then the world has not come to an end. Rather, physicists around the world are celebrating the Sept. 10 completion and start-up of the world's largest atom smasher: the $8 billion Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. More >>

Department of Physics:

Teens who attend religious services do better in school, study shows

Whether a family attends religious services has as much of an impact on a teen's grade point average as whether the student's parents earned a college degree, a University of Iowa study indicates. More >>

Department of Sociology:

Arts News

UI Writers' Workshop graduates win prestigious poetry awards

Recent graduates of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop have captured two of the poetry world's most prestigious first-book awards. Jonathan Thirkield's collection "The Waker's Corridor" was selected for the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, and Arda Collins' "It Is Daylight" is the winner of the 2008 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. More >>

Writers’ Workshop:

Alley Cabaret will present live late-night theater at the Englert

The University of Iowa Division of Performing Arts and the Englert Theatre will collaborate to present "The Alley Cabaret: Live late-night theatre at the Englert," a new blend of late-night entertainment for the downtown Iowa City scene that will run through the fall semester. More >>

Division of Performing Arts:

Health News

Fraternal Order of Eagles pledges to raise $25 million for UI diabetes research

Leaders of The Fraternal Order of Eagles, the University of Iowa and the University of Iowa Foundation on Sept. 16 announced a $25 million gift commitment from the Eagles that will fund diabetes research at the UI. More >>

UI Hospitals & Clinics:

Fruit flies help UI team understand bacterial infections

Sometimes it may be a good idea to "shoot the messenger": University of Iowa researchers and colleagues have shown that destroying a messenger molecule used by the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) protects against infection-related death in fruit flies. More >>

Department of Internal Medicine:

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'Know your cholesterol' to reduce heart attack, stroke risks

September is national Cholesterol Awareness Month, a good time to remind people that keeping cholesterol at healthy levels over a lifetime dramatically reduces one's risk of heart attack and stroke, according to a University of Iowa researcher and clinician. More >>

College of Public Health:

UI In The National News

McGuire featured as hero for river rescues
(Reader's Digest, September 2008)

STEVE MCGUIRE, an art education professor at the University of Iowa, is featured in a story called "Hero on the Iowa River." Since 1993, McGuire has jumped into the river three times to rescue people: first a student who fell in while trying to retrieve his hat, then an elderly gentleman whose boat had capsized, and most recently a family whose car slid off an icy road into frigid water. He attributes his serial lifesaving to mere coincidence. "I'm always by the river," he says, "and just happen to be capable of helping." More >>

Art Education:

Redlawsk teaches class from convention
(Diverse Issues in Higher Ed, Aug. 31)

Students and professors flocked to the Democratic Party convention, using the experience as a teaching opportunity for students they've accompanied. Among them was DAVID REDLAWSK, a delegate and political science professor at the University of Iowa. Redlawsk had been scheduled to teach two courses on political campaigns during the convention. His solution was to teach from the convention using webcams and video and text blogs. Interviewing politicians, campaign staff, journalists, celebrities and delegates about their experiences at the convention, Redlawsk posted the interviews online along with his own commentary. A total of 60 students are in the courses, according to the University of Iowa. Redlawsk has joined his students live via webcam to lead discussions. More >>

Department of Political Science:

UI studied storm anxiety
(Washington Times, Sept. 6)

Many people on the east coast are experiencing anxiety about approaching tropical storms, and the anxiety can be worse than the weather. A small-scale 2006 UNIVERSITY OF IOWA psychological study of 139 adults revealed that fewer than a quarter of those surveyed felt absolutely no fears about bad weather, while 73 percent had at least a moderate concern. Half -- 69 of the respondents -- admitted that big storms made them feel "panic" while 46 said they felt "helpless." More >>

Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations:


Hawkeye scrubs become a fashion statement
(Omaha World-Herald, Aug. 28)

Don't assume every person you see wearing surgical scrubs is a doctor, nurse or medical technician. Surgical scrubs, which have surged in popularity outside medical circles, come in many styles and colors. The comfort, low maintenance and versatility of the shirts and pants once worn only in the operating room have attracted people outside the medical profession. One storeowner who sells them says scrubs with the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and the University of Nebraska logos have been popular among students. More >>


Brokaw's back

The legendary broadcaster revisits his old UI haunts
and inspires a new generation of fans. More >>

Provost Loh: faculty and staff are lifeblood of University

On Aug. 1, Wallace Loh became University of Iowa executive vice president and provost, the university’s chief academic officer. For Loh, it’s a new role in a familiar setting, a chance to share decades of experience in education, government, and law—and a unique global perspective—in the state where he did his undergraduate work. More >>

Remarkable people: Ted Wheeler

He retired more than a decade ago, but former Olympic athlete and University of Iowa head track coach Ted Wheeler continues to train students for balanced, fruitful lives. More >>

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